Not long before he died, poet Ken Smith kindly agreed to launch his collected poems 'Shed' in Brighton as part of Shedman's ShedNight at the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton. It was the culmination of the writer's residency at the museum where Shedman was born.
Here's an email from Ken received just before the event:
'did you see today's Guardian (p 7) has a report of a burglar sentenced in Exeter to a month's remand on condition he sleep in the shed? Ken Smith'
If you come across any shed-like writers' places – or any other artists' come to that – that aren't so well known, please let me know. I'm always interested to hear about them. And they can be virtual as well as real!
You can follow Shedman on Twitter @Shedman. Tweets may include the occasional short poem as well as information about what Shedman's doing, where he is and how he's feeling. How interesting is that!
What do you do in your shed?
Take five minutes to tell Shedman about the amazing things you do in your shed. Share your favourite shed story. Send in a shed poem. Or send media links to shed activities far and wide. Just email shedman at shedman.net.
'Thank you for your magnificent contribution to Havant Literary Festival's maiden voyage - you were the absolute lynchpin of the programme.
Shedman was the outstanding hit of the Festival; he was both the focal point of the street entertainment and a tangible manifestation of the Festival's aims of connecting with all ages and all sections of the community in interesting and dynamic ways.
He is also a PR dream - there isn't a Press Release in the world that can't be improved by adding "and a poet in a shed" at the end!'
Lucy Flannery Festival Director Havant Literary Festival
Writer, poet and film maker John Davies is the original Shedman. He's inspired by all kinds of sheds – garden sheds and aircraft hangars, shed antlers or skins, shedding tears or shedding light. He’s writing a book about his shed experience and on his travels, researching the subject, he creates residencies and workshops at different events and locations, using sheds as the focus for a unique interaction with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.